American Taliban by Pearl Abraham

By Pearl Abraham

Strengthen Uncorrected evidence, American Taliban, a singular, Pearl Abraham, Random residence, writer, 254 pgs., "an intimate portrait of ways a kind of traditional American boy could be seduced via the belief of filing to Islam". . .

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He had not even gotten to Pagels’ Gnostic Gospels, scheduled for the end of his second week in June. He was way far behind. He opened the file. Josiah and Naim and Ahmed and Ibrahim had participated, and also someone new named Noor. It started with Naim criticizing Genesis’ version of the Ishmael story, and Naim, John knew, really knew this stuff. I read a convincing argument, Naim wrote, that it was Ishmael not Isaac Abraham went to sacrifice. According to this scholar, Isaac wasn’t even born yet.

It’d been their first separate night since the night before Hatteras, and he’d found it difficult falling asleep without her warm wriggling body tucked into his side. Though when he finally did sleep, he slept better and awoke rested. The cup came back to Katie via Jilly and she took a second long sip. Howz it look? he asked. Inconsistent, she said. An interesting lefthander now and then, which could get better if the swells pick up, if tropical storm Sadie fulfills her promise. Our first heat begins in twenty minutes.

John felt cornered, badgered. He shrugged. He looked away, opened the Dylan book, but Katie waited. Only you really know, he finally said. After which Katie became quiet; he could tell she wanted to leave. Seeing her unhappy, he regretted what he’d said, tried to take it back, but it was too late. Katie excused herself to find a restroom. She returned ten minutes later to say that Sylvie was picking her up out front in a few minutes. She gave John a whisper of a hug, and hours later he was still wrestling with his own bad conscience.

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